Student Sculpture Proposals for FASCU Office

With a new set of lovely French doors recently installed in the FASCU offices at the Cannery, an unexpected blank space was created to the left of the entryway — and what better way to fill it than with a custom relief sculpture created by a FASCU student?!

At the request of Sculpture Chair Lawrence Noble, instructor Scott Donahue (Relief: Expression & Interpretation) set his students to work proposing several different possibilities for the space, which we are showcasing below. The students were instructed to carefully consider the space surrounding the relief (15th century English oak paneling) and the context of its location.

After much deliberation, a fantasy-themed Victorian elephant relief by student Seok Don Choi has been chosen to occupy the void framed by the centuries-old paneling, and is the final piece depicted below. We’ll update this story once the final relief is in place!

Many thanks to the students of FASCU 645 for their dedication and wonderful proposals!


Jihoon Choi chose to incorporate AAU school iconography and an old English font to convey the tone and purpose of the space:

Luotian Zhang incorporated several facial profiles into his design, each expressing a different emotion:

Welat Binavi took a more non-literal approach with a rather pleasant color-scheme:

Wenquing Cui took inspiration from the old walls to create an Egyptian hieroglyphic motif:


Finally, Seok Don Choi’s fantastical Victorian elephant proposal was selected for the space, which was supported by his stunning sketches and 3D mock-up:

Seok Don at work on the relief:

UPDATE: Check out the final work installed below — we think it’s absolutely fantastic!!

Finished elephant relief by Seok-don Choi

Creating a Wax Copy of Écorché

Academy of Art University sculpture student Cameron Jones recently photo-documented the creation of a wax copy from his 24-inch ‘machine-age’ écorché sculpture, which he wants to ultimately cast in bronze. He’s shared the photos and provided some descriptions below, which we’ll update once the bronze is finished!

1. Laying the bed of clay out that surrounds the sculpture.


2. The bed of clay creates a final parting line which follows the general apex of the sculpture from front to back. A wax barrier surrounding the piece will contain the rubber to be applied.


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Portraits In-Progress

Cameron Jones

Cameron Jones

Captured some great in-progress shots in yesterday’s Portrait Sculpture class (FASCU 345), which is headed up by Sculpture Chair Lawrence Noble. Even in a portrait’s earliest stages, it’s clear to see how each sculptor approaches their subject differently. For next week’s class, features will be refined and surfaces finished for final review…

Shadoe Delgado

Shadoe Delgado

Gianna Dispenza

Gianna Dispenza

Richard Thoms

Richard Thoms

Miguel del Rey Vergara

Miguel Chavira

Online Class: Art of Moldmaking & Casting 1


Online Coordinator Steve Krochman sends some great pics of BFA Fine Art Sculpture student Debra Davis’ waste mold cast figure as well as some process shots. Debra says she has the best of both worlds, enjoying the sun in front of her studio while receiving advice and feedback from instructor Krochman every step of the way! Interested in taking some online courses at AAU? Read more about our program here!


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FASCU Featured in Latest Sculpture Review Magazine

Sculpture ReviewAcademy of Art University School of Fine Art: Sculpture students and faculty will be featured prominently in the upcoming issue of Sculpture Review, which is now on its way to subscribers! If you’d like to purchase a subscription with the National Sculpture Society (highly recommended!), head on over to their subscription page!